Preview - Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Bayern Munich 14 April 19

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Match Day 29
Fortuna Düsseldorf vs. Bayern Munich
Sunday, April 14th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena

Fortuna Düsseldorf: 
Last five matches form: W L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.36
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Top Scorer: Benito Raman (9)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 2.64
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (21)

There is a feeling of the inevitable about the climax to this years Bundesliga campaign following the hiding Bayern Munich dished out to big rivals Borussia Dortmund last weekend, and its hard not to admire the way in which the defending champions have picked up the pace in the second half of the season.

It's not over just yet though as the gap at the top remains at just the one point and Bayern will be looking to keep their foot on the gas as they travel to tenth placed Fortuna Düsseldorf on Match Day 29.

This could be a good one for the neutrals as the past four fixtures between these sides have all seen five or more goals. All five went to Bayern in the game here last season, but the reverse of this fixture in the current campaign was closer; Bayern winning 3-2 on that occasion.

Niko Gießelmann, Jaroslav Drobny, Jean Zimmer and Diego Contento are all out injured for the home side. Arjen Robben, Alphonso Davies and Christian Früchti miss out for Bayern Munich.

It's been hit or miss for Fortuna Düsseldorf at home so far this season, with seven wins and seven defeats from their 14 fixtures to date. They have just two clean sheets across those games and have conceded two or more on six occasions.

Bayern were held to a draw in their most recent away game at Freiburg but have won ten of 14 overall, scoring two or more in an impressive eleven games.

It's hard to oppose Bayern given the mood they are in at present and we don't see the hosts having enough to stop them here.

Prediction: Fortuna Düsseldorf 1 - 4 Bayern Munich


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots:  7 - 19
Shots on target: 2 - 10
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 33% - 67%

Just the one booking at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, with Kaan Ayhan of the home side having his name taken by referee Felix Zwayer.

We wouldn't fancy the chances of too many sides against Bayern Munich in their current run of form, and it would certainly have come as something of a surprise had Fortuna had enough about them to derail the Munich juggernaut. In the end they didn't come close as the favourites for the title dominated from the off.

Bayern opened the scoring after 15 minutes. Kingsley Coman found on the left-hand side and sending a low cross into the area from just beyond the left corner of the eighteen-yard box. His ball evading absolutely everyone in the end and finding the bottom right corner.

The second arrived four minutes before the break. An incisive through ball from Serge Gnabry freeing Joshua Kimmich in the right of the area headed towards the by-line. Kimmich's cutback being rifled first time into the top left corner by Coman from ten yards. Fine finish. 0-2 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half it was all over. A corner from the left being flicked on at the near post by Thomas Muller and Gnabry arriving to tap in from a yard at the far post.

The home side did belatedly get on the scoresheet with only a minute left to play. Mats Hummels getting himself in a muddle when attempting to deal with a cross, and playing the ball onto his own hand. Penalty kick. Dodi Lukebakio stepping up to finish into the bottom left.

Late as that goal came, it was still Bayern who had the last word, making it four in the fist minute of added on time. A ball in from the right being intercepted by the home sides defence, but deflecting straight into the path of Leon Goretzka around seven yards out and in a central area. He couldn't really miss from there. And didn't. 1-4 final score.

Bayern maintain their grip on top spot, one point clear of Borussia Dortmund who may have been humbled at the Allianz last week, but don't look ready to go away quite yet having led the way for so long. Midtable obscurity for Fortuna who sit in tenth.

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